Correction from yesterday: 'Da Meat Hook not fit, not ready

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Yesterday
I linked an article in which Dmitri Young mentioned that he was fit,
ready and eager to play. Today reader Wooden U. Lykteneau points me to
a blog post which suggests otherwise.

First, he’s not fit.

Second, he’s probably not ready:

In a brief conversation, Dmitri says he’s been healthy and ready to
go since April, but his bat during this game proved maybe otherwise. In
three plate appearances–Young couldn’t get around on any fastball from
Bowie’s Japanese Import Ryohei Tanaka nor from BaySox Reliever Jim
Hoey’s tosses–striking out twice . . . As always-Dmitri Young was nice
as could be to Washington’s Fan on hand today. Just not sure if he
really is in playing shape.

I presume he’s still eager.

OK, so I guess he may not have much of a future as a player. But I’m
not discouraged. In fact, I’m now even more behind the idea I had
yesterday about making him a bench coach. Maybe even for the Nats. I’m
totally serious here. To my knowledge, there isn’t a player in baseball
that doesn’t like Dmitri Young, so you can’t tell me that he wouldn’t
bring some lightness to the Nats’ often uptight clubhouse. Maybe he
could even straighten out Elijah Dukes. I mean, sure, Young has never
been a model citizen himself, but (a) he figured out long ago out to
make his outsized and unorthodox personality conform close enough to
baseball’s conservative social structure so as not to get him run out
of the game; and (b) it’s not like Dukes is going to listen to a model
citizen anyway.

Dmitri Young: bench coach, part-time hitting instructor, commissioner of lightness. I like the sound of that.

Diamondbacks return Rule 5 pick Tyler Jones to Yankees

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Diamondbacks’ right-hander Tyler Jones is headed back to the Yankees, the teams announced on Friday. The Diamondbacks had previously selected Jones in the Rule 5 draft last December, but elected to leave the 27-year-old off of their 40-man roster heading into the 2017 season. Rule 5 draft rules stipulate that when a player is not kept on the receiving team’s roster, the player must be offered back to his original team.

Jones signed a minor league contract with the Yankees prior to the 2016 season. He pitched to an impressive 2.17 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 13.2 SO/9 over 45 2/3 innings with Double-A Trenton, but was unable to make the leap to Triple-A or beyond during his stay with the organization.

Jones’ outlook with the Diamondbacks appeared slightly more promising. GM Mike Hazen described the righty as a power arm with a “good fastball and power curveball” after selecting him in the Rule 5 draft, and early reports indicated that Jones would be in the mix for a bullpen spot. A rough spring performance — underscored by his lack of experience at the Triple-A and major league levels — undid most of that confidence, however, and the Diamondbacks weren’t willing to keep him on the active roster throughout the entire 2017 season in order to acquire his control rights.

Jones is set to open the season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, per a report from the Yankees.

Derek Norris signing with the Rays

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Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown reports that Derek Norris is signing with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Norris was released by the Nationals nine days ago, made redundant by the Nats’ signing of Matt Wieters and by everyone sliding down a notch on the depth chart below him. Norris hit only .186/.255/.328 with 14 home runs and a .528 OPS for the Padres in 2016.

Still, there always seems to be a place for a backup catcher. For Norris that place is Tampa Bay.